SCARBOROUGH, Ont -- Five minutes of overtime was needed to determine which OCAA basketball power would earn a spot in the 2017 CCAA National Championship tournament. With 25 combined provincial championships, the Humber/Sheridan rivalry is one of the best in the country and lived up to the hype Friday evening in front of a large crowd at Centennial College.
The No. 9 Humber men's basketball team (14-5) rallied back to force overtime against No. 1 Sheridan (18-0) in the OCAA semi-final game, but cold shooting in the extra frame allowed the Bruins to win the game 94-85.
Trailing by six with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore C.J. Bennett converted consecutive and-one shots to tie the game at 79. Sheridan's Brian Owusu hit an open jumper and both teams exchanged free throws before Trevon Mollison tied the game once again with 17 seconds remaining.
After Dylan Periana missed a layup attempt, a quick kick out from Ancil Martin gave the Hawks a chance to win in regulation but Mollison's three-point attempt rattled in and out, forcing five minutes of overtime.
Exhausted from the late quarter comeback, Humber ran out of gas in overtime and was outscored by the Bruins 12-3 in the extra frame. The Hawks' shooting went ice cold, ending overtime one of nine (11.1 per cent) from the floor.
Sheridan finishes 3-0 against Humber this season and is now 5-12 all-time against the Hawks in postseason play.
Humber led by seven late in the second quarter before foul trouble allowed the nation's top ranked program to chip into the lead. The Bruins attempted 11 more free throws than Humber in the game, converting 26 of 36 for 72.2 per cent.
Senior Tyrone Dickson finished with a double-double in the loss, ending with 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. C.J. Bennett, Trevon Mollison, Ancil Martin, and Baljyot Judge all finished in double-digit scoring for Humber, ending with 17, 16, 12, and 12, respectively.
The loss ends Humber's chance to win a third consecutive national medal, a feat the program has accomplished twice before. The Hawks will now play Niagara College (14-4) in the OCAA bronze medal game March 4 at 3:30 p.m.